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Archive for May, 2007

Female assaults male; police threaten to contact CYFS and remove children if Mum arrested for assault.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on May 26, 2007

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Female assaults male; police threaten to contact CYFS and remove children if Mum arrested for assault.
Wednesday, 23.05.2007, 07:31am (GMT12)

Just watched Police 10 – 7

 

The scene was of a male clearly the victim of assault accusing his (Female) partner of committing the assault. Police approached her. She admitted it.

 

Now here is the twist. The male was told that if they proceeded  to arrest her CYF would have to be informed and would remove the children forthwith.

 

The man replied that he was their father, why could he not look after the children? He was informed that that was policy.

 

Remember this was on national TV

 

The last shot was of the male despondently walking away.


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NZ Bloggers support of Fiji Bloggers nothing more than an “orchestrated stunt in self-importance”.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on May 26, 2007

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NZ Bloggers support of Fiji Bloggers nothing more than an “orchestrated stunt in self-importance”.
Monday, 21.05.2007, 06:53pm (GMT12)

NZ Bloggers support of Fiji Bloggers nothing more than an “orchestrated stunt in self-importance”.

The news that a group of NZ Bloggers have come out in support of Fiji Bloggers who are under huge suppression of speech pressure is little more than an “orchestrated stunt in self-importance” says the author of the CYFSWATCH website.

“Between January and March 2007, the offices of Crown Law, the Ministry of Social Development, & the Department of Child Youth & Family worked 24 hours, 7 days a week to shut down the CYFSWATCH site for publishing horrific NZ based stories of state sanctioned institutional abuse against New Zealand families and their children”.

“Where the likes of Just Left, Kiwiblog, No Right Turn, NZBC, Public Address, and Spanblather when this breathtaking display of socialist censorship was occurring? They, alongside a majority of the mainstream media, were calling for the CYFSWATCH site to be shut down, just as is occurring with various blogsites in Fiji”.

“The NZ Government tried and failed on two occasions to shut down CYFSWATCH, to no avail – a dedicated site is now at www.cyfswatch.org   – which is no thanks to our NZ Blogger critics”.

Perhaps the NZ Bloggers organisation needs to show some balls and backbone in their own country, before they start pretending to the NZ media how “brave” they are in supposedly supporting the rights of free speech in
Fiji”, says CYFSWATCH

 

ENDS



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130 youth sex offenders – has CYF told police?

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on May 26, 2007

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130 youth sex offenders – has CYF told police?
Thursday, 24.05.2007, 07:59am (GMT12)

130 youth sex offenders – has CYF told police?

Anne Tolley MP
National Party Associate Welfare (CYF) Spokeswoman

08 May 2007

130 youth sex offenders – has CYF told police?

National’s Associate Welfare (CYF) spokeswoman, Anne Tolley wants to know if Child Youth and Family have told police about the 130 young sex offenders living in communities around New Zealand.

The number of youth sex offenders living in the community was revealed in Parliament today by Associate Social Development Minister Ruth Dyson.

“How can we be sure police in other regions are being alerted to similar situations?

“In the Napier case, a paid supervisor was supposed to maintain a constant watch on the young offender. This didn’t happen.

“Instead, he was able to leave the house at least 14 times, during which he prowled around a neighbouring property – home to a solo mother and a five year old girl.

“What on earth was CYF thinking when it housed this offender next door to a young child?

“At any stage did CYF workers actually check out the environment they were putting him in?

“The mother of this young girl has fled her home because she doesn’t feel safe and a child was put at risk because CYF didn’t get the basics right.

“Someone must be held accountable.

“CYF has admitted that the teenage offender did not receive adequate supervision, but that’s not enough.

“New Zealand parents need to know their children are safe in their own homes. They need to know that when an offender is ordered to be under constant supervision – that’s exactly what is happening.”

ENDS

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Mother, daughter flee CYF sex offender.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on May 26, 2007

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Mother, daughter flee CYF sex offender.
Thursday, 24.05.2007, 07:45am (GMT12)

Mother, daughter flee CYF sex offender.

By BRUCE CUTLER – The Dominion Post | Thursday, 24 May 2007

The “bewildered and angry” mother of a five-year-old girl says they are being forced to flee their Napier home after a teen sex offender admitted stalking the child – and will now be moved to a property down the road.

Mataroa Barton, 18, convicted of sex crimes against young girls in 2005, was moved to Napier four months ago near the solo mother and her child. He jumped a fence into the woman’s backyard at least 14 times in the three weeks up to April 30.

The youth was under a court order at the time, requiring him to be under 24-hour supervision, but on one occasion he gave his three minders the slip and the mother caught him with his face pressed up to a playroom window at night smiling at her daughter.

Barton pleaded guilty in Napier District Court yesterday to breaching the terms of his supervision order by being on the woman’s property.

He received a 12-month suspended sentence.

But the mother is outraged that he has now been placed in a house less than two kilometres from hers.

She said she and her daughter would be forced from their home.

“I don’t like the idea that he will always know where we live. Basically I have been told (by police) it’s not a case of if he re-offends, but when. I’m bewildered and really angry.

“The court order in place before was for him not to leave the property and that didn’t stop him. He hasn’t even been given a punishment sentence basically.

“He’s somewhere in Napier with more caregivers being paid $3000 a week to look after him.

“I contacted CYF and basically they’re doing everything for him but what about the community. It’s just totally wrong.”

A probation service plan was accepted by the court yesterday for Barton to be moved to the new house, the address of which is suppressed, to help prepare him for release into the community in May 2008 upon completing his sentence.

A CYF spokeswoman said police had been told where Barton would be living.

When asked if neighbouring families in the area had been notified of the presence of the teenage sex offender she said “that matter is under consideration”.

Napier MP Chris Tremain said Barton had already shown he was a risk to young children.

The mother and her child – and the whole Napier community – deserved to feel safe.

“I’ve heard it’s within walking distance of this lady and that’s unacceptable. He’s got away from his supervisors before and there is an obligation to let people know that he’s there.

“Who do we care for most in the community? Is it the perpetrators or the victims of crime? There could be children in this street where he is to be moved to and they should know that this guy has a history.”


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Fiji picks up from where Helen Clark left off.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on May 26, 2007

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Fiji picks up from where Helen Clark left off.
Monday, 14.05.2007, 08:02pm (GMT12)

Claims Fiji military trying to close down blogs

By MICHAEL FIELD – Fairfax Media | Friday, 11 May 2007

 

Fiji military are said to be trying to block public access in the country to three high profile web blog-sites set up since December’s coup.

The sites, intelligensiya, resistfrankscoup and fijishamelist have often published detailed inside information on the senior figures in the military government.

Lately some have published colourful claims about the private lives of top officers.

Fiji Military head Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama overthrew the government in December and later declared himself prime minister.

In an email to readers, Intelligensiya this morning said they had “credible information” that the military was trying to pull the plug on access. Their soldiers were said o be at the Fiji International Telecommunications Ltd (FINTEL) office this morning.

The other blogs have also reported similar claims.

FINTEL is 51 per cent Fiji Government owned with Cable and Wireless of Britain holding the rest of the shares. It is the sole Internet provider into Fiji for the public although the regional University of the South Pacific has its own alternative connections.

The military had no comment on the claims today but yesterday Colonel Pita Driti, the number three officer, said they were working on tracking down the blog authors.

He told the Fiji Times they were spreading “lies against us and members of the interim regime”.


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Anti-smacking Petition forms to download and sign.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on May 26, 2007

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Anti-smacking Petition forms to download and sign.
Monday, 14.05.2007, 07:53pm (GMT12)

http://www.familyfirst.org.nz/files/Parents%20Don’t%20Accept%20Bill%20Herald.pdf


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“Most Extreme Anti-Smacking Law in World” – Expert.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on May 26, 2007

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“Most Extreme Anti-Smacking Law in World” – Expert.
Monday, 14.05.2007, 02:24pm (GMT12)

“Most Extreme Anti-Smacking Law in World” – Expert

13 MAY 2007

MP’s to Vote on “Most Extreme Anti-Smacking Law in World” – Expert

Politicians will vote this week on the world’s most extreme anti-smacking law in the world, according to Dr Robert E Larzelere, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Science at the Oklahoma State University, who was brought to New Zealand by Family First NZ as a scientific expert on child correction for the debate on Sue Bradford’s anti-smacking bill.

In a commentary written after his week in NZ earlier this month speaking with politicians and media, he says “.the imminent New Zealand smacking ban is more extreme than Sweden’s ban in three ways. Using force to correct children will be subject to full criminal penalties .

Sweden’s ban had no criminal penalty. In addition, New Zealand’s bill bans the mildest use of force to correct children, not just smacking. This removes most disciplinary enforcements parents have used for generations, especially for the most defiant youngsters. Finally, the required change in disciplinary enforcements will be the biggest change ever imposed on parents.”

Dr Larzelere also highlights concerns of immigrants to NZ with the law and says “The New Zealand bill’s proponents claim that missionaries were responsible for introducing smacking and bashing to the Maori and other South Pacific peoples. The irony is that they are doing the same thing they accuse missionaries of – imposing a European philosophy of child correction on native ethnic groups – this time enforced with criminal penalties.”

He warns that the law to be voted on this Wednesday by Parliament “.runs counter to scientific evidence, previous experiences with similar bans, and the wisdom of previous generations as far back as we can remember. It illustrates the world’s increasing inability to work out well-reasoned balanced positions rather than forcing people to choose between polarized extremes.”

Dr Larzelere compares our politicians’ efforts to ban smacking with US President George W Bush’s decision to invade Iraq and says Bush “.had an overly optimistic view about invading Iraq because they heard only one optimistic side of the scenarios. Now our country is in a quagmire with no good way out. For the sake of New Zealand’s children and future, I hope they have a better exit strategy than George Bush.”

Dr Larzelere’s full warning can be read at http://www.familyfirst.org.nz/index.cfm/Dr_Larzelere  

ENDS


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Turner to oppose Bradford Bill.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on May 26, 2007

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Turner to oppose Bradford Bill.
Monday, 14.05.2007, 02:19pm (GMT12)

Turner to oppose Bradford Bill

Monday, 14 May 2007

Turner to oppose Bradford Bill

United Future MP Judy Turner today announced she will be voting against the third and final reading of Green MP Sue Bradford’s anti-smacking Bill when it next comes up for debate in Parliament.

“I do believe that the amendment passed last week to clarify the police discretion to not prosecute when it is not in the public interest to do so, was a definite improvement,” says Mrs Turner.

“However, this provision does not apply to Child Youth and Family Services who, like the police, have statutory powers and can remove your children, limit your access, and eventually in the interests of permanency, place them with a new family.

“Some would say that it is pure hysteria to suggest that parents will lose their children into care if they lightly smack their children.

“Well I hope they are right. CYFS certainly don’t have to meet the same burden of proof as the police do to make an arrest, so discretion is even harder to determine.

“Currently this agency has no robust complaints service and because this is lacking there is little feedback across the department about the need to change social work procedures.

“They do acknowledge that most complaints are about social work provision, but there is no break-down of this to identify if there are any common themes in these complaints.

“Parents I have dealt with fear making a complaint in case they further jeopardise their case. They feel powerless and understandably emotional, often lacking the skills needed to make calm representation to staff at the local branch office.

“To date, not enough has changed in this department to reassure me that good parents are safe, and for this reason… I am not supporting the third reading of this Bill.

ENDS


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CYF squanders thousands on empty office space.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on May 26, 2007

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CYF squanders thousands on empty office space.
Monday, 14.05.2007, 02:17pm (GMT12)

CYF squanders thousands on empty office space

Katherine Rich
National Party MP

14 May 2007

CYF squanders thousands on empty office space

The Minister for Child, Youth and Family needs to explain why her Government is wasting scarce resources leasing a whole floor of vacant offices in Dunedin’s Philip Laing House, says National MP Katherine Rich. “Monthly lease payments for the empty offices are estimated to be $11,000 per month and there is still no confirmed date for the space to be used.

“CYF has been leasing these since November last year – that’s an estimated $70,000 that could have been much better spent. “Our local Child, Youth and Family team works hard to provide services for our children in need. What’s needed is support for Dunedin’s social workers at the front line, not money wasted on flash offices that no one’s using.

“Ruth Dyson needs to front up with an explanation of how this squandering of taxpayers money is addressing our nation’s appalling child abuse record and resource issues here in Dunedin.”

ENDS


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CYFS and The Government – Dr Michael Bassett.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on May 26, 2007

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CYFS and The Government – Dr Michael Bassett.
Thursday, 24.05.2007, 08:01am (GMT12)

CYF and the Government

11/11/2003

So Child, Youth and Family will get another chief executive. The Government intends to spend an extra $100 million on the service, new staff will be recruited, and we are asked to believe that children and families in distress will now be better looked after. “Major management problems” within CYF, “critical information gaps” and “a culture resistant to change” will be fixed, resulting in more effective services. Keep your eyes on the heavens : a herd of pigs will soon fly past.

What we are dealing with is just another stage in the collapse of the State¹s welfare services and the fatal conceit of politicians who think “the Government” can fix everything. Having created many of the problems that afflict CYF children, politicians want us to believe they now have a solution. The reality is that a runaway benefit system has been attacking the fence at the top of the cliff these last thirty years, destroying family values and the sense of parental responsibility for children that my generation took as axiomatic. Instead of trying to restore those values, the politicians are buying another ambulance to pick up those they first pushed from the top. The trouble is, the hole is getting bigger, and more fall through it at a faster rate. With one hand the State is pushing children over the cliff, while the other hand fumbles, or drops them at the bottom.

Worst of all, the public averts its gaze, many falling for brainless political assurances that changes at CYF will fix things. No wonder there¹s low staff morale within the service!

Of course there have always been some unwanted and abused children, and there always will be. We need public services to help them. It¹s more than a century since Minnie Dean, the Southland baby farmer, was hanged for murdering babies in her care. But the difficulties confronting today’s children who are unlucky enough to be born at the bottom of the heap have reached epidemic proportions. The mess could be reduced if there were more determination to make parents accountable for their children. CYF¹s problems could become manageable. When will we find a politician prepared to try?

The first thing that needs tackling is the excessive number of children born to those with little or no interest in their upbringing. “The rich get rich and the poor get children” used to have a degree of inevitability about it.

But it’s ridiculous in an era of free contraception and relatively easy access to abortion. What we have done since the introduction of the DPB in 1973 is guarantee that the poor will have more children than they can cope with. The benefit system encourages people caught in the welfare poverty trap to breed, rather than limit their progeny. Educating and nurturing even one child in a single-parent household and let’s be frank, that¹s where most of those in danger come from is a big ask for any mother. Some take solace in multiple partners, especially if they increase the number of dependants, and hence the family’s income. Too many men batten on to vulnerable women, and abuse their partner’s children. Many kids start their lives in poverty, and will remain enmeshed in the net till death. The problems originate in dysfunctional homes and a benefit system that did so much to cause them. Violence, crime, and drug and alcohol abuse are those children¹s constant companions. Over the past decade the problems have grown to such an extent that the Police can¹t contain the daily fall-out from what the DPB, plus too-readily available sickness and unemployment benefits, are doing to our society. All people, even the stupid, respond to incentives.

Pay them to breed, then accept the responsibility to care for their offspring, and they’ll oblige with more.

For people genuinely interested in our children¹s welfare it¹s time the fence at the top of the cliff was replaced with a requirement for more parental responsibility. Extra funding for CYF’s ambulance services will cure nothing. The problem was caused in the first place by bleeding heart politicians who underestimated the damage they were doing to society. I voted for the DPB and several other benefits without enough thought. We encouraged people to shuck off their responsibilities on to society as a whole. The State cannot act effectively in loco parentis. Teachers and social workers know it only too well. How many more kids will die before today’s politicians work it out?

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